If it is Haram, as long as I don't believe what they include or say, am I committing shirk or am I going to get punished like the sketchers of the series?


First of all i would say what counts in any matter is the intention.

Then when it comes to drawings and pictures etc. i think our dear brother @American-Muslim gave you a few helpful links and an answer, but i'd like to explain my Point of View:

My opinion is that one must take some facts in account for example still when our Messenger died there were many pagan's in the Arabic peninsula and there are still many in some of the "Muslim Countries" nowadays. But the most relevant fact to me is that our Messenger (peace be upon him) forbade them because many people just converted to Islam and rejected their idols (after a long time worshiping them) so there was a more or less slight chance that they have a fall-back to their former Idolatry. So forbidding them -in this case- makes sense!

But today you'll find even in many Muslim countries some (more or less modern) Statues but nobody even thinks of worshiping them, even if in some cases this statues and placing them in some Public places etc. and admiring the Person it represents could be regarded at least as something near to worshiping!

Finally i come to cartoons:

First watching TV and anything which could be regarded as a waste of time has -if we take it very severely and exact- always a touch of makroh. But we shouldn't forget that we are not angels and we need to relieve stress from time to time, so watching TV etc. could be a way to do so. So i can't see any harm in this unless what you are watching is somehow against the rules of Islam or regarded as a sinful act in that case at least you will do a sin!

Now as you said you don't believe in what you watch and i personally can't see any link to shirk in Cartoons (in general), i can't imagine why that should even lead to shirk or that you'll be punished for watching. But you still have to be aware that whether the act of watching would be considered as sinful or not depends on what you are watching and on your intention and true belief and how you interact/react with/on that (see also this Hadith which has some relevance)!

So as a conclusion I'd give you the same advise mentioned by @American-Muslim if you believe that an act would be sinful you should stay away and turn away from it!

And here are some more or less related fatwas 1 2 in English and one in Arabic/Turkish for some more details and a more sever (salafi) Point of View.

And Allah knows best!

  • One of the terms would be that no religious discrimination would be allowed. Also not to mention that I only use IslamQA if there is no other site which would give me a proper answer. – user13940 Dec 3 '15 at 14:39
  • @HüdaverdiAlperenDemirok well islamQA is one of the rare sites that provide fatwa in English that's why i do refer to it, as many people here don't know Arabic and the official language of this site is English! – Medi1Saif Dec 23 '15 at 8:59

Is watching cartoons/anime for entertainment Haram?

In my opinion it is not Haram. The prophet forbade drawings (of people), however Anime characters are usually unrealistic in origin. There are other reasons as well if you are interested check the following questions.

If it is Haram, as long as I don't believe what they include or say, am I committing shirk or am I going to get punished like the sketchers of the series?

If you believe something to be Haram, then doing it is a sin which Allah might punish you or given you. That isn't something a person can know. The best thing is to stay away from things you believe is Haram and ask Allah for forgiveness.

  • You think very differently from other higher-ranking people from this site, or internet in general. You seem to have views that are more suitable for today's life. – user13940 Dec 27 '15 at 8:33
  • Citations needed. Your opinions doesn't matter. And anime characters are usually very realistic – The Z Mar 3 '18 at 22:14

It is not haram, but watching inappropriate animes with girls in swimsuits and big breasts- even if it's unrealistic, is haram for all genders.

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